29 Nov 2018

RAeS Bristol Branch presents….
A Christmas Lecture
Engineering Magic
Professor Jon Holt, Scarecrow Consulting

Join engineer and award winning author Professor Jon Holt, AKA the ‘Engineer in the Hat,’ for a magical evening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In this family lecture, he will explore the power of numbers; the impact that they have on our everyday lives; and why they are so important for STEM. Learn how we can use numbers to predict the future, read minds and influence our lives. Explore how we can also use numbers for the greater good and the not-so-greater good!
Expect an evening of wonder with plenty of audience participation, terrible jokes, a bed-time story and some mind-blowing magic.
This exciting and interactive lecture is the perfect mix of educational and fun and will interest and inspire adults and children alike, so please bring the family along!

6.30pm – Thursday 13th December 2018
Bristol Business School, X-Block, University of the West of England
  Members and non-members welcome!
 Please register atwww.raesbristol.org.uk

8 Nov 2018

En-route to the all-electric aircraft 
Design of a hybrid powertrain for an electric helicopter tail rotor

by Dr Jason Yon and Prof. Phil Mellor
University of Bristol
Collar RAeS Named Lecture
Over the past decade, continued advances in electric machines, energy storage and power converter technologies have made electric propulsion for aerospace a realistic proposition, with several research projects and demonstrators currently under development.

In collaboration with industrial partners, the University of Bristol has developed a novel hybrid aerospace powertrain for an electric helicopter tail rotor. The system uses a high-performance fault-tolerant machine to drive the tail rotor and a set of four high-speed generators to source the electrical power. This architecture allowed a high efficiency and low weight solution to be achieved while meeting the crucial application integrity requirements.

The presentation will offer an overview of the electromechanical design of this system and its key performance attributes. As a case study, this project provides a valuable platform to explore several challenges facing the industry as it moves towards all-electric propulsion.

6.30pm – Thursday 29th November 2018 (refreshments from 6pm)
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, 
University Walk, Bristol BS8, 1YR
Members and non-members welcome!
  For enquiries contact Anna Pugh

8 Oct 2018

The Future of Aerospace Manufacturing
A look inside the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
by Philip Spiers, FRAes – Head of Structural Integrity, AMRC

The AMRC was established in 2001 as a £15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing. The centre grew rapidly and opened the AMRC Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future in 2008.
The AMRC operates on a collaborative research model to meet the higher Technology readiness level needs of industry bridging the gap between scientific researchand production. The future possibilities raised by the AMRC are endless and diverse – the centre is also working with the medical industry and McLaren supercars!

The lecture will look at the history of, and the research that is conducted at, the AMRC - ranging from machine dynamics, composite production, product design and validation showing the impact this has had on the manufacturing industry in the UK.

6.30pm – Monday 29th October 2018 (refreshments from 6pm)
Concorde Room, BAWA Conference Centre
589 Southmead Rd, Bristol BS34 7RG
Members and non-members welcome!
  For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
(01179361643  Anna.pugh@airbus.com 

16 Apr 2018

Air Accident Investigation - Lecture and AGM

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigates all civil aircraft accidents within the UK and overseas territories, ranging from minor incidents to catastrophic events. Senior Inspector Peter Coombs will present an overview of the work of the AAIB and discuss some of the most interesting cases from his varied career.
Please note the AGM will begin at 6pm. Please feel free to attend just the AGM, just the lecture or both!
6.30pm – Tuesday 24th April 2018
To be preceded by the AGM at 6pm
Bristol Business School , UWE Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY, United Kingdom
Members and non-members welcome!
  For enquiries contact Anna Pugh

8 Mar 2018

Branch Lecture
Airbus First Family
To Infinity and Beyond?
Jonathan Hallet, UK Site Chief Engineer, Airbus

The Airbus A300 first flew in 1972, and marked a new era in collaboration and technology – the subsequent fleet, including the A310 and many variants, have gone on to be one of the longest serving and most versatile fleets in aviation history.

Today, it still forms the backbone of many world operators’ fleets – with a background of changing requirements and operator needs, how does a manufacturer, known for technology breakthroughs and innovation, continue to successfully maintain, modify and develop the A300/A310 family for the future?

This lecture outlines the history, production and new ways to support today’s fleet, and looks forward to the steps being taken to ensure that it flies for decades to come.

Time and Venue
6.30pm – Thursday 22nd March 2018
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

Members and non-members welcome!
For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
(01179361643 - anna.pugh@airbus.com)
Please register below for tickets.

13 Feb 2018

February Lecture

The Perlan Project

An Engineless Aircraft Reaching the Edge of Space

Loris Gliner, Imperial College London

The famous phrase from Star Trek captures the promise of the joy of scientific exploration, “Boldly going where no one has gone before.” 

The science of the Perlan Project is about doing something  that has never been done before and understanding what has never been understood before. Only a few people have been to the edge of space. We are going to explore the edge of space without a polluting engine on the clean pure wings of a glider. We are just beginning to clearly understand what happens there that impacts the weather around the globe. Someday soon, airliners will fly at these heights and we are pioneers that will map the paths through the giant mountain waves that can trigger the strongest turbulence in the air. 

The Perlan flights will boldly seek knowledge where few have flown before.


18:30 - Wednesday 28th February 2018
UWE Frenchay Campus - Room TBC

      Members and non-members welcome!
             For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
(01179361643 - anna.pugh@airbus.com)
Please book tickets using eventbrite form on this page.

16 Jan 2018

January Branch Lecture - A Boat on Wings

by Laurent Declerck, Delft University and Airbus

RAeS Bristol are extremely lucky to welcome back the winner of our Young Persons Lecture Competition to present to the wider branch.

Laurent will speak about his experience the entering the fascinating World Championship of Solar Boat Racing and describe how he and his team of fellow aerospace engineers pushed the rules to the limit to create a truly innovative vehicle in just one year.

This will be a thrilling insight into what can be achieved with imagination, creativity and out of the box thinking and will hopefully inspire some of our members to attempt similar feats!

Time and Venue

6:30pm - Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

Members and non-members welcome!
For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
(01179361643 - anna.pugh@airbus.com)

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